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Ending Puppy Mills for Blog the Change

Blog the ChangeI imagine that everyone who reads this blog agrees that that puppy mills are bad. If you’re not in agreement, I’ll assume Internet gods have sent you here for an education. Please read this information from the ASPCA and this article on the lasting emotional scars suffered by dogs that have been rescued from puppy mills. Then we’ll talk.

There are a lot of good people working their tails off to put an end to the tragedy of puppy mills. Some focus on legislation, with the goal of improving the conditions the breeding dogs endure for years. Others spread the gospel of adoption, educating the public that surrendered dogs are good, loving companions that just need another chance. I’m more of a hit ’em where it hurts kinda girl. No, I’m not talking kicking them in the groin – though the idea has some appeal – I’m referring to their pocket book!

Harkening back to my business school days, I remember a simple concept that is powerful enough to rule the world … demand and supply. You’ll usually hear people discuss them in the reverse order, but in actuality, demand precedes supply. It drives supply. Without demand there would be no supply.

And there you have it … without demand there would be no supply. If we can find a way to put an end to the demand, owners of puppy mills will have no where to sell their puppies. If they cannot sell the puppies, their businesses will fail and they’ll have to shut down their operations.

So, how do we put an end to the demand?

Dog and LaptopFirst, we insist that pet stores like Petland USA stop selling puppies in the United States. Petland USA stores get 95% of their puppies from puppy mills. Petland has already stopped selling puppies in Canada – why not here?

  • Paste the following across your social media outlets:

Tell @Petland USA to Stop Selling Pets! Sign the Petition: #BTC4A  #Change

We’ve always told you that the best way to promote change is to vote with your dollars. So, the second thing we can do to put an end the demand for puppy mills is to stop shopping at pet stores that sell puppies or kittens. If these pet stores go out of business – great! One less place for puppy mills to sell their “product.”

Finally, we can educate our family, friends and neighbors. No matter what they tell you, most dogs sold in pet stores and on the Internet come from puppy mills. If you’re set on buying a puppy, you need to do the research to find a REPUTABLE breeder. This article from does a great job of explaining why “rescuing” a puppy from his pet store existence is not a good deed. It actually contributes to the problem, reconfirming to the puppy mill operators that there are people out there who will pay for their dogs. Take 15 minutes to spread this link far and wide – your friends deserve to know the truth:

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  • Thanks so much for writing about this important topic! Since the percentage of profits pet shops get from selling pets is on the low end of the scale, why not replace that with a “product” that doesn’t breath??  I think the push to get people to stop buying  supplies for these shops will work, and combined with protests in front of stores and shelter dogs waiting…I think we have a home run – or at least bases loaded, waiting for the Petlands and pet shops to change their business model!

    • I sure hope so, Mary. Given that they haven’t come to the decision to stop selling puppies themselves, this seems the most effective way to communicate our preferences. Thanks for all you did with this campaign!

      • Amazing how some businesses stubbornly cling to what is offensive or unproductive – when Petland Canada announced they were changing because their bottom line had suffered, we know they did not arrive at that conclusion just recently, but rather refused to see the problem for what it was, watching revenues slide quarter after quarter until they could not take the pain anymore.

        Thanks for getting the world out, Amy! Rod too;)

  • Yes! Such a great post – thank you!!

  • I agree that hitting them in the pocket book is an effective means of getting the message across. If there’s no demand, the supply will have to stop. Thanks for the great post, Amy.

  • Nice article Amy.  Anytime change is resistant; hitting them in their bottom line is the only way.  We have Petland 2 miles from our home and the owner of this store told me when he opened roughly 10 years ago, he knew nothing about dogs. 

    How’s that for comforting!

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